Which Bridgeclimb should I do with on Sydney Harbour Bridge?

The Sydney Harbour Bridge, like the Opera house is a Sydney icon! If you look carefully you can see if when you come in for landing … on a plane… (side on the left hand side).

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a once in a lifetime experience and one you can definitely brag to your friends back home about!

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There are 6 “main” Bridge climbs…

  • BridgeClimb sampler
  • Day Climb
  • Twilight climb
  • Night climb
  • Dawn climb
  • BridgeClimb express

Bridgeclimb also offers special climbs such as “Birthday party climbs, wedding climbs (sorry ladies you cant wear your dream white dress), Karaoke climb, Vivid climbs.

Today we will compare the Original BridgeClimb compared to the BridgeClimb Express and work out which one is best to go on.

A few years a go I did the Original bridge climb and had an amazing time! (read all about my experience in a 2 part series… “getting ready for the BridgeClimb” and “Summiting Sydney Harbour Bridge”.

BridgeClimb Original

The original BridgeClimb takes you up 4 ladders to the start of the upper arch, surrounded by the hum and buzz of Sydney’s traffic. From here you slowly make your way to the summit.

This climb is a paced and easy for any age to do, you get to stop and really take in the sights of Sydney eg: the city and the opera house.

You get multiple spots where you have your photos taken with the Opera house and the city in the back ground as well as a few photos at the top, one of which is a group photo that you get given at the end of your climb!

After making it to the summit and taking a few photos (and a video if you like), you cross the spine of the Bridge to the Darling Harbour side to make your descent to the Climb Base.


· 3 ½ hours long, max. 14 people per group.

· 1 ,332 steps (that’s around 500 calories/2100 kilojoules for those tracking)

· Ideal if you want to soak up the moment and take the upper arch.

· Ideal if you’re a bit nervous and would like more support from our Climb Leaders.

· You can do this Climb at dawn (limited departures), day, twilight or night.

Personally I think this climb was very relaxed, you could really stop and enjoy the view and the photos were great!

Prices as per Nov 2015:

ADULT $228-363
CHILD $158-263

Express Bridgeclimb:

You start the climb by walking on catwalks past the south-east pylon, directly over Sydney Harbour, until you meet the base of the Bridge’s lower arch on the Opera House side. Here you will commence your ascent as you rise to the peak of the lower arch.

What I loved about this express climb was it was quicker than the Original BridgClimb BUT you still got to stop and enjoy the sights and learn a lot about the bridge and the Harbour.

You also still make it to the top of the bridge, breaking through to the upper arch by taking a staircase to the summit.

After your summit photos and video, you cross the spine of the Bridge to the Darling Harbour side to make your descent back down to the lower arch, back to the Climb Base.


· 2 ¼ hours long, max. 14 people per group.

· 1,002 steps.

· Ideal for independently-minded folk who just want to fast-track it to the top.

· With fewer stops, this climb is perfect for people with a higher level of general fitness.

· You can do this Climb by day. Other times of day by request.

Prices as per Nov 2015:

ADULT $228-363
CHILD $158-263

Which climb should I do with on Sydney Harbour Bridge? It’s really a personal preference and also depending on how much time you have to climb the bridge. Take the Original climb if you have some extra time or take the express climb if you don’t have much time but still want to have a great Sydney experience!

What are you waiting for? Book your climb now!

Disclaimer: Thank you to the Sydney BridgeClimb who kindly hosted me for the day. All opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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  • Samantha King

    Sam, a seasoned traveler across four continents and 49 countries, is a leading authority in travel planning. Her website, Travelling King, offers tailored itineraries and expert guides for seamless trips. Sam's expertise in luxury travel, fast travel, and destination guides keeps her at the forefront of the travel community.

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